Lawson writes . . . sharing thoughts and memories

November 12, 2012

Here We Go Again!

Filed under: Uncategorized — lawsonjolly @ 5:00 am

Yes, here we go again!  Disregard a blog from last April entitled Last Resignation.  I meant it then . . .  but things changed.  Because of health and age, I assumed that I had concluded my ministry by serving churches as interim pastor.

Things have changed!  And I am not assuming the role of an interim pastor . . . I have accepted the call to be the pastor!  Family and friends are . . . and will be shocked!  What church would call a 78 year old to be the pastor?  It is unusual and it is unusual for a man to have the energy and strength to accept such a responsibility.  But it is not the strength of a 78 year old, but the strength of God within a 78 year old!

Let me give you some information.  Because of health and age, I had found myself unable to fulfill responsibilities required . . . even of an interim pastor.  We have been staying busy with preaching opportunities and such, but God had other plans for us.  About six or seven weeks ago I realized one morning that my body was different — not in physical appearance, but in my joints and muscles.  I could feel the difference.  I felt like a 65 year old (not that some consider that young)!

I shared it with my wife . . . throughout the days it was confirmed!  My physical energy, the ability to walk, move and function was energized . . . without pain!  And no limp!  Over the next several days friends could see the difference.

What happened?  I have no explanation except that it is a work of God in my body.  To my knowledge, God has not healed me of any of my maladies.  But, He has rejuvenated my body!  I am able to run –not just jogging, but of course, not sprinting!  I am assuming I will continue to carry health issues the rest of my life, but there is a dramatic difference in my discomfort level and the ability to be more mobile.

My wife and I know this is all for a purpose.  We began to share with others and asked them to pray with us to know the purpose of all this.  Without details of the events, we were soon sitting down with a pastor search committee . . . and the result has been a call from the congregation to become their pastor.

We are convinced this was the purpose of my rejuvenation.  I had told my wife that first morning that I wanted to know what God desired and then to follow through with it.  I expressed that I did not want to be a Hezekiah.  Remember him in the Old Testament?  He was very sick, but God told him that he would give him another 15 years to live.  Obviously, God had a purpose in doing that for Hezekiah.  But Hezekiah did not use those years for God.  Instead, they were spent for his personal pleasure.  God certainly rebuffed Hezekiah.  I am determine not to follow the path of Hezekiah.

So we begin another chapter in our lives.  Oh, I am aware of my age and certain things I cannot do . . . or will not do.  I’ll not ride the Harley, surf, skydive, or a multitude of other things that I would like to do, but I will give my best energy to doing God’s will in my life.  And for now, it is to be the pastor of a church!

I trust you know the joy of the Lord in your life as I do!

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will direct your paths.”  (Proverbs 3:5-6)

Lawson

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3 Comments »

  1. May God bless you and Judy in this new adventure!

    Comment by angela — November 13, 2012 @ 1:56 am | Reply

  2. Yes, God rejuvenates our bodies so that we can fulfill His purpose for our lives. God bless you and Sister Judy – His hand is truly on your lives. We are so happy that you are our Pastors at Richland!!!! LUV

    Comment by Shirlene Grant — November 14, 2012 @ 4:40 pm | Reply

  3. One lucky church to have you Brother Lawson…so happy that you are allowing God to use you for His kingdom. Praise God for your opportunity and for your health…hugs to you and Miss Judy!!!!

    Comment by Terri Holman — November 15, 2012 @ 8:35 am | Reply


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